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  • How It Ends

    How It Ends

    ★½

    How it ends? Pretty terribly. Beginning and middle not too great, either. Some gorgeous exterior shots, though.

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★★

    Quite interesting early, showing incremental steps towards fascism, and then moving on with more overtly sanctioned destruction of marginalized communities.

    Has some interesting things it's trying to say, but doesn't quite get there. There's an ADR'ed "pussy grabber" line. The KKK hoods and spiked cop uniforms are probably a little much, both metaphorically and practically within the narrative.

    Provokes a few thoughts, has a solid cast, and there are a few cool touches like the glowing eyes, but the actual Purge is plodding.

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…

  • 2:22

    2:22

    ★★

    A coincidence thriller called 2:22?

    2 stars. That's probably generous.